Dilip Vengsarkar © AFP
Dilip Vengsarkar © AFP

Sep 13, 2014

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar has given his nod for the prospect of becoming India’s coach and said he would relish the chance to work with former teammate Ravi Shastri.

“It will be a great honour to be back to the dressing room with Ravi,” said Vengsarkar in an interview with Deccan Chronicle.

“I have enjoyed being a part of the Indian team as a player and also as the chairman of Talent Resource Development Wing (an initiative of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to spot local talent) and selection committee. Because Indian cricket made me what I am today.”

Vengsarkar also reserved his comments on Duncan Fletcher and snapped the tradition of getting a foreign coach.

“To be honest with you, I don’t know Duncan Fletcher at all. I have not even met him. But if you see his performance as a coach, he is extremely poor in Test cricket. We have not only lost, we have been thrashed in the recent past. From the number one position, we have gone down to number five,”

“A foreign coach is not aware of the emerging players from the domestic circuit. He only knows the players he has in the team whereas India has many talented youngsters from the first-class circuit. Having an Indian coach will be an advantage. Ravi and others would know all the players well and can work accordingly, ” added Vengsarkar who was also part of the 1983 World Cup winning squad.